The VanDusen Botanical Garden opened their doors to everyone for free on BC Family Day (Feb 8, 2016). We took this opportunity to have our first visit to the garden this year. The place was beyond busy with all the other families eager to see the garden.
To read all that the botanical garden has offer click here: http://vandusengarden.org/explore/vandusen-botanical-garden/ but, here are the highlights:
- Korean Pavilion
This hexagonal pavilion in the colorful decorative style was a gift from the Korean people in 1986, at the conclusion of the World Exposition in Vancouver.
- The Maze
The VanDusen maze is made of 3,000 pyramidal cedars, Thuja occidentalis ‘Fastigiata’, planted in the autumn of 1981. There is an observation terrace from which the less adventuresome visitor can view the maze. The maze was closed today due to being booked for filming.
- Stone Garden
This area has a landscape stylized on an oriental theme.
- Scottish Shelter
This structure in the Heather Garden is built of local basaltic rock in a style compatible with the moorland theme of the surrounding landscape.
- Massive Plant collection
- Various sculptures and art exhibits
The Garden is home to honey bee hives that each house between 35,000 to 50,000 bees.
I knew there would be a lot of people at the garden on Family Day but I was surprised to see how many arrived. We were there early and in hind-sight, were lucky we did. More people were streaming in as we left after our visit.
Being so early in the year, there was nothing blooming except for the crocuses. There was one tree that was surrounded with the lovely little flowers.
I was lucky to catch a shot of a bee checking out the crocuses.